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Author Douma, Michael J., author

Title 20th century U.S. agricultural policy / Michael J. Douma
Published London : SAGE Publications: SAGE Business Cases Originals, 2019
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SAGE Knowledge. Cases
SAGE research methods. Cases
Summary This case is concerned with U.S. agriculture during the past 150 years. A brief review of the history of U.S. tariff legislation and farm subsidy policies indicate that the agricultural industry is supported, through its lobbyists, by a form of rent-seeking. In general, agriculture is a competitive market, and farming innovations have been driven by the market. However, potentially misplaced romanticism about the importance of farms has led to legislation that stifles competition and props up certain kinds of farmers, particularly by benefitting large farmers over small farmers. Myths about farming as the backbone of our country inspire the U.S. population to feel sympathetic to farmers. This case study shows that agricultural policy is shaped not by solid economic arguments, but by historical and cultural understandings about the importance of independent U.S. farms
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Agricultural subsidies -- Law and legislation -- Economic aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Agricultural subsidies -- Law and legislation -- Social aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Agriculture -- Taxation -- United States -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1526462044
9781526462046 (ebook)
Other Titles 20th century United States agricultural policy
Twentieth century U.S. agricultural policy